John Thomas Cotten

August 26, 1946 - April 29, 2021

John Thomas Cotten of Fairview, Texas passed away on April 29, 2021 at the age of 74. He was born on August 26, 1946 to Wyman and Ida Jane (Thomas) Cotten in Houston, Texas.  He married Emma Lou Smith on April 7, 1966 in Princeton, Texas.  Johnny proudly served his country in the United States Marine Corps.

He is survived by his wife, Emma Lou Cotten of Fairview, Texas; son, Dr. Nathan Don Cotten and wife, Brenda of Frisco, Texas; grandchildren, Avery Marie Cotten, Dylan Thomas Cotten, Caroline Grace Cotten, and Emerson Rose Cotten all of Frisco, Texas; brother, Larry Cotten; and numerous other loving family and friends.

Johnny was preceded in death by his son, Johnny Kyle Cotten, and parents.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, May 7, 2021, at Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow Funeral Home Chapel, 2525 Central Expressway North, Allen, Texas. The service will also be live streamed at on Johnny’s obituary page by clicking on the following link: After the service, the recorded live stream will be available for viewing at the same link location.  Chaplain Mark Grissom will be officiating.

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Dear Emma and Family. Though we are miles apart, today we grieve together. Our heart felt condolences go out to you and the rest of the extended Cotten Family. We will always remember Johnny as a talented fisherman and a most interesting, charismatic individual. May he rest in peace. God bless, Brent, Erin, Chase and Madison Fleck, the entire Laurie River Lodge family
Brent & Erion Fleck, May 7, 2021 May God wrap His loving arms around you and give you comfort. Prayers for you. Jo Honea, May 7, 2021 My heart goes out to Emma and Nathan. I met Johnny at Eldorado Country Club and gave golf lessons to Nathan and Jonny Kyle. The Cotten's will always have a special place in my heart. RIP dear friend. Heaven is celebrating the arrival of your spirit.
Rita Swiney-Hickman, May 7, 2021 You and your wife were the first friends we had when we moved to Dallas. Johnny was bigger than life. Always in our hearts  Chantal Rami
Chantal Menis , May 6, 2021 So many good memories! Brenda O Boyd, May 6, 2021 Emma, Please know that I’m Praying for you and your family. My sweet cousin Johnny, of course was my favorite, was always laughing, kidding around, always had a smile on his face. I know God will give you peace and wrap his arms around you. Marleta Lake, May 6, 2021 Prayers for peace in the days ahead. Michael & Shelia Morrow, May 6, 2021 Johnny was a dear friend for both of us in high school. We had some really fun double dates and crazy car rides. He never met a stranger and always treated everyone the same. His smile was infectious and drove the girls crazy. We have many good memories of him and of course, Emma was perfect for him. Our prayers will be with the family in the days ahead. Michael & Shelia Morrow, May 6, 2021 I first met Johnny when he was a home builder in Plano. I worked for Joe Marchman and Associates and we were having a lot sale one day. Johnny came in and purchased lots for building new homes in The Cloisters. He was always joking around and always happy and in a good mood. I would see Johnny at various times in Plano and at his office on 18th Street, where I first met Emma, working in the office. We became instant friends from then on. I left Joe Marchman's and went to work for Johnny and others who owned a lumber yard. I did bookkeeping there for several months. Johnny was nothing but pleasant all the time. He and Emma remained good friends to me, even when I left to work for the City of Plano. Johnny would come in or call there for various reasons on building codes, etc. He was a good man and a pleasure to work with. The last time I saw Johnny was when Johnny Kyle passed. He seemed like a broken man. I don't think he ever got over that loss. I'm sure they are in heaven dancing at Jesus' feet and so happy to be together. My love goes out to Emma and Nathan and the rest of the family and friends. Johnny will be missed by all who loved him.
Judy Taylor, May 5, 2021 Johnny, I will always remember the hunting and fishing trips we took together! You always made the trips fun. I will always think of you and remember how much I love you and your family. I will see you in heaven one day and we can catch up on old times. Heaven is a better place now with you there. Love You Always, your life long friend,
Chuck Powell, May 4, 2021 Thought and prayers are abound Emma Lou Dan wiser, May 4, 2021 Emma, and family my thoughts and prayers are with you at this hard time. Johnny was a classmate and a friend and we had some good times and laughs together. I will share that Mrs. Thomas had a hard time keeping Johnny from talking in class and she moved him from the back of the class to the front, right in front of me. Thinking that would keep him from talking so much, he stayed turned sideways in his desk most of the time and we both got in trouble for talking. Her plan didn't work and as you know that was Johnny always the outgoing and friendly person. He will be missed for a lot of people. Love you dear friend. Brenda Honea, May 3, 2021